Eddie Vedder Releases The Mescaleros’ ‘Long Shadow’ Cover To Celebrate Joe Strummer

To celebrate what would be musician Joe Strummer’s 70th birthday, Eddie Vedder has released a cover of the Mescaleros’ song, “Long Shadow.”

The Mescaleros were a band that featured Strummer and released three albums before his death. Additionally, Dark Horse Records released an unreleased song, “Fantastic”, by Strummer.

The new music hints at a new box set from Strummer’s career, Joe Strummer 002: The Mescalero Years. It is the first-ever comprehensive collection of the artist’s work with the band and includes previously unreleased songs, demos and outtakes, as well as revisited editions of the band’s catalog.

It should drop on September 16.

“I just think what Joe did with the Mescaleros and those records and those songs and those words, it was a very common sound,” Vedder said. “I think when you have a common sound, the listener feels like they can be part of that community.”

The upcoming box set will include a 4-CD book with a 72-page book and a 7-LP book with a 32-page book, special-edition packaging, and an exclusive 12″x12″ art print. Pre-orders are available now HERE.

Specifically, the new collection includes remastered editions of The Mescaleros’ three studio albums, along with 15 rare and previously unreleased tracks spanning early demos Strummer wrote for the band and outtakes from their final recordings together, as well as songs like “Ocean Of Dreams”. featuring Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on guitar. Executive produced by Strummer’s widow, Lucinda Tait, and executive produced by David Zonshine, the lavishly curated box set also includes exclusive new interviews with Joe’s friends, collaborators and Mescaleros bandmates, as well as handwritten notes, lyrics and unpublished drawings by Strummer taken from the Joe Strummer archives.

Although best known as the frontman of The Clash, Strummer produced some of the most thrilling work of his career with The Mescaleros. “Everything that’s happening to me now is just a fluke,” Strummer said during this time. “I learned that fame is an illusion and it’s all a joke. I’m much more dangerous now because I don’t give a damn.

“There’s so much great music that Joe left us in his archive,” says Strummer’s widow and Joe Strummer 002: The Mescalero Years Executive Producer, Lucinda Tait. “We started that work last year with ‘001’, so focusing on Joe’s work with The Mescaleros was a natural second step on ‘002’ because those songs he did with them just seemed to resonate so strongly and reinvigorate his connection with his audience to a level he hadn’t experienced since his days with The Clash.

“He was so excited to work with The Mescaleros and the reception he received from the press and fans was amazing, it gave him a whirlwind of energy and confidence and he was creative and happy. His words are so beautiful and honest and with The Mescaleros some fantastic tracks have been created and listening to some of the tracks recorded as outtakes for me was really special.

The release year marks twenty years since the death of Strummer, who died on December 22, 2002.

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